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Mo. House overrides governor's redistricting veto

The chambers of the Missouri House of Representatives.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)
The chambers of the Missouri House of Representatives.

The Missouri House has voted to override Governor Jay Nixon's (D) veto on a proposal to redraw the state's congressional districts.

The House overrode the veto today by a vote of 109-44.

Overriding the veto required a two-thirds majority.

Nixon vetoed the proposed redistricting map Saturday.  But it came early enough to give Republicans time to persuade four House Democrats to vote to override.

Those four are Jamilah Nasheed and Penny Hubbard, both of St. Louis, and Michael Brownand Leonard "Jonas" Hughes, both of Kansas City.

Missouri lawmakers are redrawing the state's congressional districts after the 2010 census because the state's population growth over the past decade has not kept pace with the rest of the nation. The map vetoed by Nixon essentially eliminated the district of Democratic U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan.

The veto override next goes to the Missouri Senate, where Republicans hold a veto-proof majority.

Marshal was a political reporter for St. Louis Public Radio until 2018.